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C&G’s Guide: Where to Buy Masks in Melbourne
From the 23rd of July, all Victorians living under stage 3 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be required to wear a face mask when leaving their homes for one of the four essential reasons. This latest C&G blog rounds up some Melbourne businesses that are selling reusable masks in a variety of designs. We also send our best wishes to the community and hope you remain safe and healthy throughout this uncertain time!
While not all of us are accustomed to wearing a mask, it will be an important step in lowering the number of COVID-19 cases and hastening our return to ‘normal.’ And while we’re doing this, why not make it fun and fashionable? It’s also a great opportunity to support local Melbourne retailers who are undoubtedly feeling the pressure during lockdown. Many of the businesses below are also producing masks from their excess fabrics, promoting sustainable practices and creating new employment opportunities.
It’s not quite a mask but this St Kilda start-up has created the perfect mix of function and fashion amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Labelled as the ‘hoodie made for social distancing,’ it has an adjustable built-in face mask keeping you warm and comfortable all day! There is a winter and summer option, and 4 colours to choose from.
Melbourne-favourite Gorman never disappoints. They’re currently low on stock but unlike other retailers, they are providing filter refills with mask purchases. The filter themselves are scheduled to become available in a fortnight according to the website!
Labelled as ‘an alternative to fast fashion,’ Kuwaii is a Melbourne-based business that focuses on producing timeless fashion in very exclusive and limited runs. Their new line of reusable masks are derived from their iconic prints – think matching mask and outfit! They contain 3 layers, an inner pocket for adding your own filter, and are machine washable. They have been selling out quickly but keep an eye on their social media channels for new stock!
This is a non-profit organisation providing employment opportunities for migrant women residing in Melbourne. Their reusable masks feature 3 layers, one of which is water-resistant. They also contain a pocket for inserting filters and are machine washable.
South Village Trading in Elwood have just announced silk face coverings are due to arrive next week! They’ve posted at least 3 different colours and patterns on their Instagram, and are taking customer details for pre-order. Known for their homewares and gifts, you’ll also find gorgeous hand sanitiser packs with moisturising agents to protect your skin!
We get it, they’re in high demand right now! If you’re waiting for stock replenishment, Highett Neighbourhood Community House and Hampton Community Centre have put together a guide for creating your own face mask. All you need are 3 layers of fabric and elastic for the ear loops. There are videos on sewing the pieces together as well as a PDF pattern.